Bee And Wasp Repellent 
- the bee friendly way to deter bees and wasps without harming them

I’m sometimes asked about my recommendations for a bee and wasp repellent that can be used without causing harm to bees and other pollinators.

There are a number of products available, including very effective natural based ingredients that can be used on the skin, and elsewhere.

Here are 2 products I recommend:

For US visitors

I suggest a picardin based insect repellent, such as Sawyer Insect Repellent which can be purchased from,

I also recommend a product called Icognito which is also suitable for use on the skin.

UK visitors can kind find Icognito on

However, with regard to wasps my view.....

Deter wasps from making a nest with a WASPINATOR.

Waspinators can be purchased from

Waspinators mimic wasp nests, discouraging actual wasps from making a nest (they're very territorial).

Other Natural Bee And Wasp Repellent Ingredients You Can Try

Personally, I have never tried any of the following, for the simple reason that I have never wanted to repel bees and wasps, but I understand the following might work.

Do not spray these mixtures directly at bees or wasps, and be sure the surface where you are spraying can tolerate the mixture:

Crush garlic and add it to water.  Spray around the area where you wish to deter bees and wasps.


White Vinegar
Again, sprayed onto the area you wish to protect, it is said to help but, please be aware that vinegar can damage or kill plants.


Catnip Essential Oil
Create a spray with this to deter bees and wasps.


Tea Tree Oil
I have no idea if it works, but some people do believe it to be effective, and it’s something you can try on your skin as long as you have no allergies to the ingredients.

Bee And Wasp Repellent Products I Do Not Recommend

Moth balls. 

It really depends on the circumstances.  Moth balls are not safe to use around bees in enclosed bee hives.

Moth balls release a gas that is toxic for bees, although if they are used in a non-enclosed space, they should act to repel the bees, rather than actually kill them.  In any event, you could instead use aluminium foil lining stapled under eaves, or better still, use a Waspinator as described above.

However, I tend not to recommend moth balls because there are natural alternatives, although you could probably put them in the loft to prevent bees from creating a nest there.  If you have a bee nest in your attic, I’d recommend that you first remove the bees to safety (or get help to do so) before using any moth balls.  See help with bees.



This is basically a toxic pesticide. 


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